Vegan Candy Corn

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Hello & Happy Thursday!!







If I had to be honest, I was never a candy corn person. I think for most kids growing up, someone being fond of this candy was a rarity, but today.. 


I’m all abouts it!


Typical store bought candy corn is packed to the max with lord knows what, and a vegan option still to this day does not exist to my knowledge. That being said, I thought it would be a fun project to pursue. Especially after a friend of mine who distributes vegan candy noted that she receives countless requests for it, but can’t find it!


If you research even traditional homemade recipes, they call for corn syrup, butter, milk and nothing good. However, with a handful of ingredients, 5 to be exact (excluding the dye), you can make an effortless vegan option that’s actually better than any store bought version I’ve tried!




What I love about this recipe is, everything! While I felt as though I didn’t love the images captured, the concept was a game changer! It involves minimal ingredients, quick, fun to make, great for kids, gifts, entertaining, non vegan approved, and screams Halloween!



If you love fun festive recipes you have to try my recipe for vegan Candy Corn!









Why this recipe rocks: 







Uses natural dyes

No dairy

Great for gifts!

Perf for Halloween 






























Recipe Tutorial





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Vegan Candy Corn

  • Author: Eat Drink Shrink
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups candy corn


  • 1/4 cup brown rice syrup
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup organic powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups organic corn starch or 3/4 cup tapioca starch 
  • Natural Liquid Food Color, orange and yellow 


  1. Lay out a large piece of parchment paper on a table or counter as your workspace, and also line a large baking tray.
  2. In a bowl, mix together brown rice syrup, vanilla, melted coconut oil, powdered sugar and corn starch until it forms a thick dough. Separate into 3 evenly sized balls.
  3. Drop about a 1/2 tsp of yellow food coloring into 1 ball of dough, and 1/2 tsp of orange food coloring into the other ball.  Sprinkle corn starch on your surface. Knead each one until evenly colored. Add additional drips to achieve desired color. Leave the last ball of dough uncolored. If any of the mixtures are overly sticky, add a little more tapioca flour.
  4. Set in the fridge for 15 minutes to firm up. 
  5. Sprinkle a little tapioca flour on the parchment paper. Roll about 1 tbsp of each color dough into long, thin ropes. Place the ropes next to each other and gently press down until about 1/2 inch thick. Slice the rope into triangle-shaped wedges.
  6. Gently remove each candy corn piece and lightly shape with your fingers. Place on prepared baking sheet to air dry and harden for 24 hours.
  • Category: Candy Corm
  • Cuisine: Candy






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  1. Hi the instructions call for coconut oil but there’s not an amount listed in the ingredients. How much is needed? Thank you, this looks great.

    • Yes! Sorry about that and thank you so much for pointing that out! This recipe calls for 1tbsp melted coconut oil!

  2. Hi Gabrielle! I found your recipes on instagram and am interested in Natural Liquid Food Coloring. Recently I made some vegan cake balls using a white coating and wanted to color some. I could not find an easily usable vegan food coloring. Is Natural Liquid Food Coloring a brand you use? Where do you purchase at? PS I love your video tutorials. Really add a lot to your blog. Thank you

  3. Hi-thank you kindly for sharing this recipe. I have been craving candy corn and I made this veganized version to hit that craving but unfortunately, they did not taste well at all…. The cornstarch state was so overpowering. I looked up other recipes and they called for similar ingredients with other commenters saying similar things.

    If you have any suggestions to alter this recipe, do let me know!!! I’m surprising there aren’t more vegan candy corn options out there. I am really hurtin’ for some candy corn.


    • Hi Rose! Yes it may not taste like the traditional variety but you can add vanilla flavoring to the recipe, more if needed! I’ll look into another recipe.

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